Columbus, MN — The featured event on the Tuesday night (May 25) card at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Pace, with a very talented field of five facing the starter in race six on the program.
SB Bodacious was the talk of the toteboard at 1-5 after turning in a dominating 1:51.4 win in his first local start on May 18. The 5-year-old Minnesota-sired son of Voracious Hanover drew post five and pilot Rick Magee wasted no time in getting his star pacer in motion, immediately challenging the inside horse Solongo (Nick Roland) for the lead, and taking command near the eighth pole while reeling off a :26.4 opening stanza.
Magee settled his charge in the second quarter and picked up a :29.3 breather before Numbered Account (Dean Magee) came calling on the outside while last week’s Open winner Frewil Dakota Sven (Jacob Cutting) also joined the outer flow.
SB Bodacious ($2.60) responded in kind by throwing down an eye-opening :26.3 third panel that left his competition four lengths behind for the top of the stretch call. He appeared to have plenty left in the tank and paced strong to the wire, closing out the mile with a :28.1 final split and registering a 4-3/4 length tally in a career best time of 1:51.1.
The winner, who was a Minnesota divisional champion in both of the last two years, is also owned and trained by Rick Magee. Frewil Dakota Sven held a game second, and Numbered Account was home in third.
Another multiple-year Minnesota champion pacer, Stuckey Dote, registered his first win of the season and 41st career win with a one length victory over a strong field of six rivals in a $5,200 conditioned event.
The 8-year-old gelding is also a son of Voracious Hanover and has banked $407,223 for owner/breeder Merlin Van Oterloo to stand as the most successful Minnesota-sired Standardbred to date. Stuckey Dote ($8.60) was piloted to victory by Jacob Cutting, for trainer Brett Ballinger.
Cutting scored his first hat trick of the Aces season on Tuesday night, while Roland also posted a hat trick for his second in a row.
Trainer Jose Castillo picked up his first career win, when his 6-year-old pacer Pecorino scored a one length tally in 1:54 in a $7,500 conditioned event.
Live racing returns to Running Aces on Thursday (May 27) with first post at 6:05 p.m. (CDT) and offers two carryovers: $2,279.25 for the 20-cent Pick-5 Jackpot and $1,375.41 for the 50-cent Hi-5.